How To React to Your Future Rather Than Your Past

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In the book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John Maxwell writes in the chapter on the Law of the Mirror that to grow, leaders must “stop reacting to their past and start reacting to their future”. In other words; focus on the outcome of your intended growth rather than the outcome of your historical past. 

 

Right Now Urgencies

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As heroic as our vision casting is and despite our best intentions, life happens.  “Right now” emergencies override visionary priorities. Distractions demand our attention, pull us away from creative thinking and bury us in the whirlwind of daily responsibilities. So as a leader, how do we deal with “right now” emergencies while leading our team into the future?

Ground Zero – Church Recovery

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Ground Zero is a term that marks the point of the most severe damage or destruction resulting from a disaster, earthquake or epidemic.  Sometimes a church, through moral failure, neglect of appropriate leadership or the absence of vision, finds themselves in a “ground zero” condition.  The damage done so destructive, that recovery seems insurmountable. Even when new leadership comes in with recovery as the immediate vision it is not automatic nor guaranteed.  Everything is on the line and it is a complicated endeavour.  

The Give and Take of Criticism

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Giving constructive criticism is tricky.  We can hesitate to criticize because we are intimidated to do so or wrestle with feeling “judge not lest you be judged”.  Or we can slide over into the other ditch and become bold and too matter of fact with criticism, becoming blunt pushing too many buttons with results that are less than positive. Both responses are unhealthy. How do you give constructive criticism without being a jerk? How do you constructively criticize someone’s work or behaviour without it coming across as a personal attack?